Chores for Kids: a comprehensive guide

 Do your kids do chores? This site has tons of tips and ideas about chores for kids by age including suggestions for age appropriate chores, chore chart printables and thoughts on why this is so important for kids.

Do you feel like you are the only one in your house who does any chores?
Does it seem that there are just not enough hours in the day to keep up with the laundry?
Do your kids make mess after mess?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

In this series on teaching your kids to do chores, I’ll show you how we do this at our home. 

Chore Chart Printables

My husband and I have been working with our kids on chores and housework for many years. We are now enjoying the fruit of these labors. Our kids are able to do just about every job around the house.

And when I go grocery shopping on Saturday morning and give them a list of chores, upon returning home, I joke with them that it is almost as if the house cleaned itself! Amazing!



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13 thoughts on “Chores for Kids: a comprehensive guide”

  1. Ha! That is totally my plan {insert wicked laugh}. I never cease to be amazed at people who ask me how I “do it all” but “could never do THAT” when I say I train my kids to do housework. Right now I do not: take out the trash, vacuum, sweep, swiffer, touch my 3 boys’ laundry, clean the boys’ half bathroom, put away my daughter’s laundry. My oldest (9yrs) is in training for washing (by hand) the dishes so I only do that part of the time. My goal is to work myself into management status and produce independent young adults that can manage their own households!

  2. Awesome. I am thankful that the Lord showed me to include my kids whenever possible with the chores, so that they can be an integral part of our house running smoothly. And that is generally the angle I take, and what I impress on them–that when we work together things go more quickly and its easier on everyone–not just one person has to do the chores. Right now at ages 7, almost 4 and 1, my older two are very good at putting toys away, tidying their room, and even folding some laundry. They both like to do dishes (usually just pots and big plastic bowls), and they both love to help bake (what kid does not?) And my oldest loves to clean the floor by hand!! I hope that keeps up! I think where I fall short, is that I do not assign them chores yet. Right now things are more on a spontaneous level. My 7 year old is supposed to clear off the table after supper, but I am sorry to say that I let him get away with not doing it WAY too much. This blog just reminded me again. Thank you.

    • It sounds like you have a great start with your kids. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Keep up the good work, mama!

  3. It does take time! I have 5 kids, 6 yrs between youngest and oldest. I never thought I would get out of the “doing everything twice ” stage – once to teach how to do a job, and again to do it right. We just moved into a dream house and something clicked with the kids. Ages 14-8, I suddenly have helpers wherever I look and they are proud of their own clean spaces. It takes a ridiculous amount of patience and is worth every hands-on-the-face moment. We are now usually good with a 15 minute notice of guests, rather than needing the whole day before. Keep it up!


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Welcome. I’m Sarah!


I’m the creator of Decluttering School (formerly known as Early Bird Mom), lover of organized spaces, encourager to women and mom to four boys. Click here to read more!

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